Tendo Mokko

Butterfly Stool, Rosewood

$ 1,370

Considered to be the magnum opus of Japanese designer Sori Yanagi, this elegant Butterfly Stool uniquely combines Japanese aesthetics with modern Western materials. Produced by Tendo Mokko, a Japanese furniture maker well-known for their excellent quality.

Formed by using the pressed plywood molding technique invented by Charles and Ray Eames, the concept of symmetry is beautifully embodied in the joined wings of Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool. The gently curved silhouette of the two seats conveys the image of the wings of a butterfly, or the torii gates of a Shinto shrine. First designed and manufactured in 1954, it is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre Museum, among other museums worldwide.

Tendo Mokko

Tendo Mokko was established in 1940 in the city of Tendo, located in the Yamagata Prefecture of Tohoku, Japan, a woodworking town famous for the Japanese chess pieces it produced. The artisans of Yamagata have always had a mentality that combined curiosity, technique, and patience. One of the first companies in Japan to use formed plywood to mass-produce high-quality furniture, today, Tendo furniture is still durable and easy to use. Tendo Mokko has expanded to collaborate with top Japanese architects and designers in order to create complex, curved lines that are impossible with natural wood. Their goal is to create furniture of excellent quality that parents will want to pass down to their children, who will in turn pass it down to their own children as well.

Butterfly Stool


• 16.7" W x 12.2" D x 13.3" H

• 4.85 lbs

• Pressed Rosewood

• Tendo, Japan


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